Yes, I'm way behind on posting again, but I'm trying to keep things in chronological order, so I must document the leaving of the Princess before moving on to other things. Way back in August, I went to the Sock Summit, I returned from the Sock Summit on Saturday, and we had a large graduation/going away party for the Princess on Sunday. Note: I wouldn't recommend organizing a big party when you're going to be out of town the days immediately before it is scheduled to occur. It is possible, but it isn't enjoyable.
That being said, we had a wonderful time. The Princess has begun her college career at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, so we decided on a casino theme. We set up some card games and a little roulette wheel in the basement, but everyone stayed outside, since it was a nice day.
We had balloons. Here's Ben filling them up with helium.
We decorated and set up. A little kiss for Ma from a helper.
We had food. The enchilada bar is what's enticing all the people into the line.
We had karaoke:
Collegeboy makes up in enthusiasm what he lacks in tune-carrying ability.
Grandpa delighted the crowd by reprising his version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in a non-existent foreign language, which he used to sing to entertain the kids on road trips.
It takes a real man to sing "I Feel Like a Woman".
We found out that Dad really can sing.
All in all, we had a lot of fun, the Princess made everyone cry with her slide show (at least she made me cry) and then all that was left was to actually take her to college.
That was a long day! We got up early, flew from Seattle to Las Vegas, checked her into her dorm, went shopping for all the stuff that we couldn't bring with us, then went back to the dorm and got everything put away. She set up a shrine to the boyfriend on her desk,
I took a quick photo of her with a couple of new friends,
then I left and went back to the airport to come home.
She seems to be getting out of her room a little bit.
It's quiet around the house now - the son who had been living with us this summer finally moved out, so I'm in the process of making plans to turn his room into my spinning/yarn/fiber room. I can't wait to see how it's going to turn out.